Israel: Palestinian President Abbas set impossible conditions for direct peace talks

July 29th, 2010 - 1:59 am ICT by BNO News  

JERUSALEM (BNO NEWS) – Israeli officials said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has set impossible conditions for moving to direct peace talks with the Jewish nation, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“The Palestinians have set three impossible conditions: that the negotiations start from the point they left off at the end of 2008 when Ehud Olmert was prime minister, that they will be based on a total Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines and that the freeze of settlement construction continue,” Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said.

Abbas will allegedly tell the Arab League’s peace process committee on Thursday that the lack of progress along with the fact that there is nothing new in the proximity talks with Israel have discouraged Palestine from entering into direct talks.

In contrast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced his intentions to begin direct talks with the Arabs immediately, but the Palestinians have demanded some unexpected conditions.

The Palestinian leader expressed his desire of continuing indirect talks with Israel in order to make progress before moving into direct talks. Abbas requested progress specifically on the issues of the security and borders of a Palestinian state he aims to found on land occupied by Israel since 1967.

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